Should Anyone Care About The Brit Awards?

Long has it been a source of debate & confusion as to what role The Brit Awards play in British music.

It’s all a bit misleading to be honest because the name itself makes you think of the golden years of Brit Pop when Oasis and Blur ruled the radio waves – along with Elastica who everyone sort of forgot about – and the rest of that ilk. You imagine two fingers being shown to the nation, you imagine The Spice Girls in their prime riding their wave of slightly askew feminism, you imagine Jarvis Cocker malingering around looking like he might have nicked something. That miniature statue of Britannia is suddenly a symbol of all things that Great British music stands for.

But, in reality – is it?

What does a Brit Award endow an artist with? What kudos does the award now hold? Does anyone start out their career to get one? And when they do get one – what happens as a result? Are we just all hanging onto what a Brit Award used to stand for? Did it even stand for anything in the first place? Why don’t they nominate anyone who isn’t a massive success story?

This year’s nominees are as you’d expect from the Brits – no HUGE surprises and ultimately looks a bit like a well known London radio station’s Wednesday morning’s playlist but heck, we’ll still end up watching it whatever happens because in reality they put on an alright show every year and it’s nice to see the bloopers coming through. 

And it’d be interesting to see whether whoever presents it this year will be as funny as the year Samantha Fox presented it with Mick Fleetwood.

Nominees here:

Best Producer
Ethan Johns
Flood & Alan Moulder
Paul Epworth

British Breakthrough Act
Bastille
Disclosure
Laura Mvula
London Grammar
Tom Odell

British Female Solo Artist
Birdy
Ellie Goulding
Jessie J
Laura Marling
Laura Mvula

British Group
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
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One Direction
Rudimental

British Male Solo Artist
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
James Blake
John Newman
Tom Odell

British Single
Bastille
Calvin Harris
Disclosure
Ellie Goulding
John Newman
Naughty Boy
Olly Murs
One Direction

Passenger
Rudimental

British Video
Calvin Harris
Ellie Goulding
John Newman
Naughty Boy
One Direction

Critics’ Choice Award
Chlöe Howl
Ella Eyre
Sam Smith

International Female Solo Artist
Janelle Monáe
Katy Perry 

Lady Gaga
Lorde
Pink

International Group
Arcade Fire
Daft Punk
Haim
Kings Of Leon
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

International Male Solo Artist
Bruno Mars
Drake
Eminem
John Grant
Justin Timberlake

MasterCard British Album of the Year
Arctic Monkeys
Bastille
David Bowie
Disclosure
Rudimental

#hibernation – Our Music Guide

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Hello One & All

Welcome to a new year and some miserable weather.

To  help you out with this we’ve curated some special playlists to help you hibernate through the rain, the snow, the fog, the sleet, the mist, the wind, the low cloud cover, the hail, etc. 

Try it out here on rara and let us know what you think